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A Major Part Of Detroit's Rebuild Is Ready To Make The Team Next Season

02/28/2021 at 7:16am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Seider has made himself at home with Rögle BK in Sweden’s top hockey league. He recorded his sixth goal Saturday, helping Rögle pad their position atop the standings with a 4-2 victory over Skellefteå. It was Seider’s 26th point in 36 games, a 0.72 points-per-game average. Seider averages around 20 minutes a game, plays in all situations and benefits from feedback from personnel with Rögle and the Wings. Seider has been in Sweden since October, when the Wings placed him there because the SHL was one of the few leagues operating in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It wasn’t easy stepping into the league midway through, but it was nice to have a chance to play professional hockey at the highest level in Sweden,” Seider told the Free Press in an exclusive interview this week. “The first couple games were really challenging, but I have a great defense partner in Eric Gelinas who helped me a lot during the first weeks, and even now, every single day, he helps me get a little bit better.

“I’m really comfortable in this league now. I think things have gone really well. I just want to help the team win, that’s all I care about.”...

Seider recently missed three weeks recovering from a shoulder injury after crashing into the boards, but he returned Feb. 18 in great spirits.

“I am really happy to be back with the team and I am really looking forward to the last stretch of the season before heading into playoffs,” Seider said. “I am feeling really healthy and really strong.”...

“You want to make the lineup at some point and I think I can give myself a really good chance cracking the lineup on opening night next year,” Seider said. “That is the big goal I am working for. Hopefully I have a chance to wear the Red Wings jersey sooner rather than later.”

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